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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is not based on a true story. It is often referred to as a "fable" because of its many historical inaccuracies. There is no account of a Nazi officer's son ever...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is historical in nature but is a fictional story which reminds readers of the disaster and tragedy of Nazi occupation. Bruno must move because of his...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2015, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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After Bruno disappears, his father, the Commandant of Out-With (Auschwitz), commands his men to search for him, but they cannot find him. Bruno's mother and sister Gretel return to Berlin, thinking...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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There are multiple messages that a reader can extrapolate from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. As a novel of historical fiction, readers are given plenty of messages related to the idea that World...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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In the final chapter of the novel, Bruno sneaks underneath the massive fence surrounding the Auschwitz concentration camp in an attempt to help Shmuel find his father and is herded into a gas...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2021, 11:06 am (UTC)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very clearly understood to take place during the events of WWII, during a time when the tragic events of the Holocaust of the Jewish people were well underway. We...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 4:55 pm (UTC)

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The first thing that comes to mind is Bruno’s social nature. Prior to the family’s departure from Berlin, Bruno’s biggest concern is not being able to spend time with his three friends, Karl,...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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Bruno’s impression of his new home was one of disbelief. The narrator describes Bruno’s puzzling view of his new home by detailing his wide-open eyes, O-shaped mouth, and outstretched arms. While...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021, 3:47 pm (UTC)

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One similarity that should jump out at readers is that both boys are exactly the same age. They share the same birthday, so that gives them immediate common ground. They also are both males living...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019, 2:56 am (UTC)

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Outside their window in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and Gretel see a desolate looking area that contrasts sharply with the lush garden directly beneath Bruno's window that was "full of...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2021, 11:59 am (UTC)

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In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno's grandmother is not happy about her son, Bruno's father, and his new job as the commandant of Auschwitz. Once Bruno’s father gets this assignment, he wears...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020, 11:27 am (UTC)

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To identify external and internal conflicts in John Boyne’s novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, one will have to identify altercations that are happening outside of Bruno and beyond his control,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2021, 6:30 pm (UTC)

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In short, Pavel dies from Lieutenant Kotler’s beatings after Pavel spills wine on Kotler during a dinner with the commander of the camp and the commander's family. In chapter 13 of The Boy with the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 5:26 am (UTC)

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The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas demonstrates that the basic human need for companionship and understanding is even more fundamental than loyalty to...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015, 3:45 am (UTC)

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When Bruno and his family arrive at their new house, Bruno immediately considers it to be the polar opposite of their old home in a variety of ways. While the old house had been in proximity to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2021, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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In chapter thirteen of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Pavel—an old Jewish man and former doctor who is now working as a servant in the house of Bruno's father—mistakenly spills wine on Lieutenant...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2017, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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Bruno loves his home in Berlin for many reasons. First, he is accustomed to it and to Berlin. All of his friends and, most importantly, his grandparents live nearby. In addition, he loves the house...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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On page 162-163 Bruno, himself, makes a list of reasons why he doesn't like Lt. Kotler. 1. The lieutenant never smiled. When Bruno asks him for the tyre to make a swing, the lieutenant makes a...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012, 5:05 am (UTC)

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Maria works for Bruno's family as the maid. She has worked for the family since Bruno was three years old. As the maid, she is responsible for the upkeep of the family home. Maria also does the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2018, 1:38 pm (UTC)

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It is a bit strange that you ask for metaphor in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas because metaphor is precisely what I do not find. The handful of metaphors that I do find are of an unusual sort....

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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I am going to grasp at a few other dates found by scholars to try and get a bit more specific for you in regards to the actual date of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. If it is true that Bruno was...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2015, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 2 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the family moves from Berlin, Germany, to Auschwitz. When Bruno sees the new house, which sits on a large and isolated lot, he is sadly disappointed....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 5:41 am (UTC)

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One could argue that the moral message in Boyne's story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas concerns the significance of exercising perspective and developing an understanding that we are more alike...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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Bruno's character grows throughout the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as he learns to distinguish people who are good from those who are not. For instance, when his sister is forming an...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 2:18 am (UTC)

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After reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, students should have learned about human nature, genocide, and innocence. Human nature is a major theme in the novel. Students can contrast the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018, 2:58 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 1, Bruno comes home from school to discover that his family is packing their belongings and moving away. Bruno, the nine-year-old protagonist, is upset by the sudden move, and his mother...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 11:13 am (UTC)

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Throughout chapter 5 of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, Bruno's father is the epitome of the steely professional soldier. He leaves Berlin ahead of his family, not considering how difficult the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020, 2:31 pm (UTC)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about a friendship that Bruno and Shmuel form during the Holocaust. Bruno and Shmuel become great friends. Bruno is the nine-year-old son of a Nazi...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013, 3:56 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 19, Bruno agrees to help his friend Shmuel find his father in the concentration camp. In order for Bruno to enter the concentration camp without attracting attention from the Nazi...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2018, 10:01 am (UTC)

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In The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Bruno’s parents are raising him to be respectful of adults. Bruno and his father are polite toward each other but rather distant. It is his mother with whom he...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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There are many examples of irony in this novel. 1. Both boys, Bruno and Shmuel, were born on the same day, and they died on the same day. They were both born on April 15, 1934 (pg 109) , and they...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2012, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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The point of view is a third person style of narration. Yet, it is focused on Bruno's vantage point. This allows Boyne to be able to tell the story of what happens through Bruno's eyes, but also...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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Chapter one of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is set in Berlin, Germany. Bruno and his family--mother, father, older sister Gretel, and nine-year-old Bruno--live in a large house...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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Though no one individual is entirely responsible for Bruno's death, it's fair to say that his father should take the lion's share of the blame for this tragic, and entirely unavoidable, event. Had...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020, 11:32 am (UTC)

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The person who treats Pavel with the most disrespect is Lieutenant Kotler, not necessarily Bruno's family. In chapter 7, Lieutenant Kotler is the one who tells Pavel to help Bruno with finding a...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Shmuel is a rather timid individual. He lives in constant fear of being beaten by the Nazi guards, and he is hesitant to disobey their orders. He tells Bruno that if the guards see him sitting by...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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In 2006, the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was written by John Boyne. Two years later, Mark Herman directed and released an adapted film with the same title. The novel traces the fictional...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Bruno's father has risen through the ranks of the Nazi regime and has even entertained Adolf Hitler at his home in Berlin, Germany. Bruno's father ends up earning a promotion and accepts the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas tells the story of Bruno, a young German boy whose family moves from Berlin to the countryside, where his father, a Nazi official, has just become commandant of a...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a book that follows a young German child named Bruno. Bruno's father is appointed to be the head of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno's family moves to the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is filled with many examples of imagery. Bruno is a very curious little boy and questions the world he has been thrust into, which is so unlike the home he...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2018, 3:17 am (UTC)

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"Out-with" is nine-year-old Bruno's name for Auschwitz, a major Nazi concentration camp located in a remote section of Poland where many Jews and others considered not part of the German (Aryan)...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 11:18 pm (UTC)

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Bruno and Shmuel are both similar in age. In fact, they share a birthday. Despite being on completely different sides of the fence, the two boys get along quite nicely because they both share a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019, 12:47 am (UTC)

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There could be many instances deemed as the most important events in the book. For me, it would have to be when Bruno hops the fence to accompany Shmuel to find his father. It is important...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011, 7:02 pm (UTC)

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In the novel, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne, there are a couple of major themes that run throughout the story. Bruno, a lonely little boy is the protagonist in this story. He...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009, 8:55 am (UTC)

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"The Hopeless Case" is the title of the third chapter of the book. It is in this chapter that we get to know Gretel, Bruno’s twelve-year-old sister, and gain some insight into their relationship....

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019, 3:10 pm (UTC)

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Herr Liszt, Bruno and Gretel’s tutor, is what Bruno’s father would call a good countryman. All young people in Germany were indoctrinated in the beliefs of Nazi, Germany. As the tutor, Herr...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Despite being a relatively short novel, conflicts abound throughout The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The story contains a solid mixture of both internal and external conflicts. One external and...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020, 3:01 am (UTC)

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Sheltered: the son of a privileged Nazi family living in a big house in Berlin and later in comfortable circumstances next to Auschwitz, nine-year-old Bruno has had little opportunity or reason to...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 5:37 pm (UTC)

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Nasty. A dedicated Nazi, Lieutenant Kotler is a fanatical believer in the idea of Aryan supremacy. To him, the Germans are the master-race, and this gives them the right to treat so-called lesser...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019, 10:04 am (UTC)

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